Chris Kyle's career as a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper lasted only a decade, but he racked up more confirmed kills than any other sniper in U.S. history. Kyle obliterated the previous American sniper record of 109 confirmed kills during his career, racking up 150.
Kyle, like many Texas youngsters, was raised with hunting rifles. He was taught to shoot by his father and honed his skills in the Navy. In 1999, he began his career as one of the world's finest snipers. He even once recorded a 2,100-yard kill shot while under fire.
Nicknamed either "The Devil" or "The Legend" depending on if he's on your team or not, Kyle was also a family man. His wife Taya weighs in throughout the book on how they managed to juggle a home life, a family and a war. Kyle was honorably discharged in 2009, planning to spend more time with his wife and two children. Tragically, Kyle was shot and killed at a Chalk Mountain, Texas, shooting range in February 2013.
American Sniper is Kyle's autobiography, remembering in great detail the highs and lows of his four combat tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as his missions in other countries around the world. In writing his memoir, Kyle manages to talk about military involvement in the Middle East while remaining non-political. He talks of rescuing Marines under heavy fire in Fallujah, of being shot twice and of hand-to-hand combat with insurgents in Ramadi. He also openly discusses the pain and grief caused by losing two close friends in war.
Kyle penned American Sniper with the help of Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. McEwen is a lawyer from California. DeFelice is known for his biography of Omar Bradley, titled Omar Bradley: General at War. He has also written several fiction works, primarily military thrillers.
He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers …
From 1999 to 2009, US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and US Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the war on terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle also talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.
American Sniper also honors Kyle’s fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle’s wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children.
Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell. Download and start listening now!